Javier Hernandez makes first start for Real - should LVG have kept him?

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The former Manchester United attacker started a Real Madrid game for the first time against Ludogorets Razgrad.

Javier Hernandez started his first game for Real Madrid on Wednesday, as the Champions League holders narrowly beat Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets Razgrad away.

The former Manchester United forward replaced Frenchman Karim Benzema at the tip of Real's attack, but will be a little disappointed with his contribution while he was on the pitch.

Things started well for Hernandez, earning a penalty after Yordan Minev brought him down inside the box. But Cristiano Ronaldo's spot kick was saved, and Hernandez's only other telling contribution was a header saved by Vladislav Stoyanov. Ronaldo would go on to win and convert his own penalty later in the first half, while Real's on-loan striker would send a couple of further efforts wide. 

Hernandez was withdrawn in the 67th minute as Real chased a winner, with the man he came in for, Benzema, netting the winner and underling his own importance as Los Blancos' first choice centre forward.

The Mexican striker was a favourite of many United fans during his four years at the club, not to mention the man that brought him to Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson, but it appeared current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was less than keen on the 26-year-old, sanctioning moves away for not only Hernandez, but also fellow United forward Danny Welbeck.

With the Red Devils bringing in Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao, game time for the two was likely to be hard to come by, but United fans will be hoping two players they've helped develop from an early age won't tap into that last tier of potential at another club.

Though England international Welbeck moved to Arsenal on a permanent deal, Hernandez is at the Bernabeu on loan for the season, though there is the option for Real to sign the player in the summer should they so desire.

Despite Chicharito having failed to burst into form at the La Liga giants during his relatively limited minutes, there is every chance the former Red Devil could prove himself a vital alternative to Karim Benzema once he settles in the Spanish capital.

With United's existing strikers all at least a couple of years older that Hernandez, it is possible that by the time the ex-Guadalajara star reaches what could be his peak footballing years, Louis van Gaal could already be searching for further attacking additions.

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